Cara Spencer for Alderman

“Government is most effective when people are empowered to make decisions for their community.”

— Cara Spencer


I am running for Alderman as an engaged and progressive leader of the 20th Ward in City Hall. Our ward has incredible assets but too much of it has been neglected by City Hall; too many historic homes are crumbling and too many storefronts are boarded up. Every empty home and shuttered storefront reminds me that our community needs new leadership. As Alderman, I will bring a fresh approach to the 20th Ward, building on transparency, inclusion, and innovation.


Crime is up in the 20th Ward by staggering numbers: burglaries are up 50% in Gravois Park and 40% in Marine Villa, and violent crime is up 25% in Dutchtown. It is clear that traditional policing practices are just not cutting it. We need true community input on policing and I will fight for it. Anything less is unacceptable.


The 20th Ward has more vacant city-owned properties than any other ward on the south side; almost every block has a vacant building on it. As your Alderman, I will encourage thoughtful and inclusive redevelopment of these vacant buildings and work to eliminate blight in our community. We cannot overlook this opportunity to strengthen our ward.


I serve on the boards of our neighborhood and business associations, and I work at Nebula Coworking in Gravois Park. Since opening in 2010, we have built a network of over 100 professionals from all over the city. I have the experience to build community and create jobs so we can move the 20th Ward forward together.


A 21st century city needs public transportation that is high-quality, readily accessible, and that connects people of diverse neighborhoods to each other. MetroLink has already transformed our region, spurring $16B in economic development.


Local policy should reflect the the best interests of the community. Your alderman should listen to you. I will reach out to constituents and neighborhood organizations before introducing legislation to see how policies will impact you.


Many of our community assets have been neglected far too long. Marquette Pool in the 20th, one of only three outdoor public pools in St. Louis, was closed for the entire summer of 2014 without explanation or any plan to reopen.

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Paid for by Spencer for Alderman, Treasurer, Michael Allen